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Beta or VHS? You make the call.

[PATRYK FILMS] is video artist Patryk Ludamage making videos for some of his favorite music, spinning gold from fuzzy videotape footage.

Oneohtrix Point Never: Sleep DealerKGB NightsRememberPower of Persuasion

Chuck Person (0PN's Daniel Lopatin): Eccojam A3
[more inside]
posted by porn in the woods on Jul 16, 2014 - 3 comments

recontextualized hypnagogic 80s/90s fever dreams

BODYGOD combines chopped & screwed rock and pop loops with nth-generation VHS sources, often with unexpected emotional weight.

I Believe In Me, So You Believe In You
I Hate Myself
I'm Drunk and High at the Same Time
I Still Think About Her
I'll Always Be There When You Wake
When The Dogs Do Find Her
Burn Out
How Many More Times Can I Say I'm Sorry?
Everybody Seems to Think I'm Lazy

posted by porn in the woods on Jun 8, 2014 - 15 comments

The Most Dangerous Mission...The Most Daring Escape...Behind Enemy Lines

VHS Cover Junkie showcases examples of the now lost art of the home videotape cover. [SLTumbr]
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 23, 2014 - 49 comments

Even at 16, Mike Patton & Co. knew how to troll audience expectations

Bister Mungle - soon to be Mr. Bungle, perform at the Eureka High School Talent Show 1985. slyt
posted by mediocre on Feb 20, 2014 - 31 comments

A Night at the Xclusiv

THE HEIGHT OF GOTH: 1984: futuristic + way out young people [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Nov 7, 2013 - 116 comments

Apparently there are a lot of video games based on this novel

On Megami Tensei:
Based on the Japanese horror novel series by Aya Nishitani, this one’s about a student computer genius, who’s also the reincarnation of an ancient Japanese deity, who uses his giant clunky 80s mainframe to summon up some horrifying devils. This involves some not-bad animation of a well-endowed teacher’s frilly brassiere heaving up and down as she becomes the conduit for horrifying monsters from another dimension to invade our world. Then giant piles of red goop start crushing students and a big blue hairy devil named Loki fights our student computer genius hero, who fights back with his reincarnated girlfriend and his magic sword and his pet devil animal throughout several alternate universes.
let's anime presents: The Top Ten Least essential OVA (anime) of the 80s. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 3, 2013 - 35 comments

THE FORM OF FORMS

Everybody's got to start somewhere, right? So why not enjoy Charity Scanvenger Hunt organizer and Supernatural star Misha Collins' excruciatingly earnest acting debut in the 1999 educational film NO BRAINERS ON TAXES.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 25, 2013 - 25 comments

Grumpy isn't a mean dwarf, but he's a pessimist and has little patience

Everything Is Terrible digs up a real find: highlights from a Disney suited character performer training tape from 1976!
posted by JHarris on Oct 13, 2013 - 25 comments

Which way were their baseball caps tilted?

It's religion week over at Everything Is Terrible. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on May 22, 2013 - 14 comments

YOU COMPLETE ME

There are days when you wake up and think that there is no wonder left in this world, no mountains left to conquer, no oceans left to explore, no frontiers left to discover. That, of course, is exactly the day you find yourself in an apartment in Logan Square surrounded by 2,700 VHS copies of "Jerry Maguire."
posted by Chrysostom on Feb 1, 2013 - 90 comments

Videopunk

Videopunk, or, The Zen of KLCS
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jan 29, 2013 - 1 comment

Is it a sinister government experiment, designed to brainwash children?

Digging up long forgotten memories for a generation who spent their formative years glued to the boob tube, Memorex is a veritable nostalgia nuke for children of the 80s. Endless beach parties, Saturday morning cartoons, claymation everything, sleek cars, sexy babes, toys you forgot existed, station idents, primitive computer animation, all your favorite sugary cereal mascots, and so much more. An ode to the hyper consumerism and sleek veneer of a simpler time. (previously)
posted by eric1halfb on Jan 24, 2013 - 27 comments

Be kind, rewind

In 2009, the entire rental library of legendary New York video store Mondo Kim's (previously) was shipped to a small town in Sicily, with the promise of a nonstop film festival and free access for former Kim's members. The reality turned out considerably differently. (Printer-friendly link).
posted by Horace Rumpole on Sep 12, 2012 - 37 comments

Vidz

Vidz was a late-night video review show from the late 90s, presented by Nigel Buckland and Stef Gardner and shown on Channel 4 in the UK. It concentrated mostly on reviewing low-budget, cult and foreign films. Most of the episodes can be found on this youtube channel and there's an episode by episode guide here). After a break of 12 years or so, they're back, this time in podcast form.
posted by dng on May 31, 2012 - 14 comments

Let's Go!

Mireille Mathieu sings La marseillaise in front of the Eiffel Tower in 1989 Lyrics in English
posted by The Whelk on Apr 30, 2012 - 18 comments

Imagine a dinosaur in sneakers stomping on Whoopi Goldberg's career... forever.

"A futuristic buddy cop movie costarring Whoopi Goldberg and a dinosaur? How could that possibly go wrong?" Theodore Rex: The Best of the Worst. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 19, 2012 - 105 comments

"The scream is over the top here, but in your defense, it really conveys the sound of pride leaving the body."

The Ramsey Brothers present: Home Videos with DVD Commentary: There's A Bear / Chorophobia / Not Where You Saw [via]
posted by defenestration on Dec 30, 2011 - 6 comments

Skinemax

Skinemax is Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-movie VHS tapes. It's long form entertainment for short attention spans. An hour long VJ odyssey, it will move your body and warp your mind. A nostalgic look back at a half remembered childhood growing up in the 80s and early 90s, Skinemax takes a close look at the culture of that era. The images that motivated, delighted, and terrified us on the silver screen, set to propulsive modern music that pines for a simpler time.
posted by naju on Nov 2, 2011 - 78 comments

I think the VCR is broken

MAX CAPACITY Dwells In The Videodrome. "Not so long ago, last summer to be precise, we featured MAX CAPACITY in an illustrated selection of the best 8-bit inspired pixel artists. Already at the time, the American artist stood out from the lot because of his instinctive and primal approach to digital material." Max's work is spread out across the Internet: on Tumblr, Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, and his own webspace... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 28, 2011 - 1 comment

Andy Denzler

Andy Denzler is an artist some of whose paintings resemble paused VHS tapes.
posted by shakespeherian on Aug 17, 2011 - 56 comments

Kids who don't want to have fun need not apply

"Having now played the game, I'd like to take issue with the slogan on the box. 'Fun' this game is not. And 'educational'? Well, if disappointment, conflict and frustration are character building experiences, then I guess you could say there is an educational element to this game." Rap Rat is a bizzare video board game with an aesthetic that can best be described as in your face (gameplay video). [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 15, 2011 - 23 comments

I hope they don't cook bacon

Cooking With Beefcake was a VHS cooking show about cooking near naked men. (Warning: Contains butts, feathered hair) (via)
posted by The Whelk on Jun 26, 2011 - 38 comments

Blockbusted

The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster. After filing for bankruptcy yesterday, many wonder what the future holds for the fallen video rental chain.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Sep 24, 2010 - 109 comments

You know who else liked lightening bolts?

Hey children of the 90s! Remember back when all you had to worry about was corruption by Pokemon and Harry Potter? [DLYT?]
posted by mccarty.tim on Apr 10, 2010 - 34 comments

Classic VHS cover art across the web.

VHS cover art was the pop art of the 80's. It wasn't till the mid 90's and dvd era that the movie poster or a cast photo would become the cover. Here are my favorite places to check out old vhs covers The Deuce Grindhouse VHS Cover Art Critical Conditon has a great break down by company. Scarecrow Video blog has posts pretty regularly like this one featuring painted covers of Klaus Kinski movies. and this post of horror movie cover boxes. At the bottom of that post are links to the rest of the scarecrow blogs painted cover postings. Enjoy.
posted by b2walton on Mar 27, 2010 - 20 comments

domestication of the avant garde

Processing the Signal == Part 1 - Bill Viola// Part 2 - Nam June Paik// Part 3 - The Medium// Part 4 - Technology// Part 5 - Audience// [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 2, 2010 - 5 comments

Play out 2009, B. B. Bunny...

We already had video dating... but here's The Found Footage Festival's Top Ten VHS Finds of 2009
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 2, 2010 - 17 comments

Alfred Hitchcock on The Tomorrow Show

"Long thought to be lost or destroyed, this complete recording of one of the few hour long interviews of Alfred Hitchcock has been found." [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Oct 12, 2009 - 17 comments

3600 VHS Video Covers

3600 VHS Video Covers Not sure what it all means. Pretty awesome, though. (I Netflix'd this one, though, and it's not nearly as good as it should be. One eye good, two eyes bad!)
posted by incomple on Apr 18, 2009 - 65 comments

Aladdin for the Genesis had just been released.

A visit to id Software, 1993. A must watch for anyone who's ever played Doom.
posted by WolfDaddy on Apr 6, 2009 - 49 comments

High Craftibility: crafting with old vinyl records, cassette and VHS tapes

Audio visual technology changes so fast that if you’re of a certain age you’ve been left holding the bag of cassettes, VHS tapes and vinyl records. What will you do with these AV artifacts if you no longer want to play them? Have no fear; you can have lots of crafty fun with your real audio. You can make a cassette tape mini journal, a cassette wallet or cassette coin purse, or a mini cassette lamp. If you’re into melting stuff, you can make a sculpture, such as this skeleton, from the plastic. The tape can be crocheted or knitted into items like totes, evening bags, Barbie halter dresses, or baby booties. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Dec 21, 2008 - 11 comments

We Now Conclude Our Broadcast Day

2007 has come to a close and so we now conclude our broadcast day. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Dec 31, 2007 - 31 comments

Hope me, video Gurus!

DVDRHelp. Ever wondered about the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R? Want the best tool for ripping VHS to DVD? All things video are revealed at DVDRHelp. Discover freeware tools like Tsunami MPeg Encoder. Compare the latest DVD burners. Be overwhelmed at the learning curve of making your own DVD videos. AKA VCDHelp.
posted by Wulfgar! on Sep 25, 2003 - 29 comments

VHS on its last legs?

VHS on its last legs? According to source, Circuit City is already phasing out sales of VHS tapes and players in favor of DVDs. Sure, it's an ancient format, but again, not everyone has a TiVo (yet)...
posted by betobeto on Jun 21, 2002 - 16 comments

Harry Potter released unprotected.

Harry Potter released unprotected. In a move that makes me say both "Wha?" and "Kickass!", Warner Bros chose to release the Harry Potter DVD and VHS home versions sans the Macrovision copy protection. It could stand to be quite an experiment, or quite a blunder on their part.
posted by mathowie on Jun 15, 2002 - 14 comments

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